All-State Games: 2019 Standouts - Middle Infielders


Toby Bicknell
Texas Scouting Director

On Saturday, October 28, some of the top talent in Texas met in Tomball to compete in the PBR Texas All-State Games. The event featured players from all four high school classes, including 2018 & 2019 grads, along with a select few 2020 & 2021 grads. Here are the 2019 Middle Infield Standouts.

 

AUSTIN ROCCAFORTE

SS / 2B / TOMBALL MEMORIAL, TX / 2019

Roccaforte has a quick-twitch frame at 5-foot-7, 135-pounds. The Wichita State recruit plays fast and has life in his body as he gets to full speed quickly. After running a 6.74 60-yard dash, the right-handed hitter showed good power for his size during batting practice while posting an exit velocity of 86 mph off the tee. He starts from an open stance, then loads with an athletic leg kick to generate leverage as his hands trigger back, landing with good separation. Loose hands with strong contact on the barrel, outstanding sense of timing and barrel awareness. Easy weight transfer, short path, strong top hand, loose finish. At shortstop, Roccaforte has fast-smooth footwork with soft hands, quick exchange and clean throwing motion. Shows high level range and can throw on the run. With his all-around tools and moxy, Roccaforte will have a chance to be an impact player for the Shockers.


 

BRALEY HOLLINS

SS / 2B / PLANO SENIOR, TX / 2019

Hollins has a lean-strong, athletic frame at 6-foot, 160-pounds with broad shoulders. The Oklahoma State recruit has a quick, clean exchange, smooth actions and makes the play on the run look easy. Accurate arm across the diamond at 84 mph with a short, quick arm stroke. The right-handed hitter has a wide base and maintains good balance throughout his swing. Simple load to get started as he triggers his hands back and up, short stride, maintains upper body posture throughout. Rotational lower half, strong hands at contact, middle of the field approach with line drive power and an exit velocity of 82 mph (off the tee). Tons of line drives to the gaps during batting practice. During the game, Hollins went 1-for-2 with a scorched single to centerfield. Ran a 6.88 60-yard dash.

 


 

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